Elgar was at the height of his fame when the Philharmonic Society commissioned a violin concerto in 1909. The work was dedicated to Fritz Kreisler, the internationally famous violinist who was the soloist at its first performance. The work is long for a violin concerto and expansive in mood but nevertheless compelling and not overblown. It contains none of the pomposity and swagger found in many of Elgar's works which some commentators find disturbing and rather distasteful. The work is firmly established in the classical repertoire although not performed frequently.
Read our commentary on October 30th @ https://itywltmt.blogspot.com/2018/10/sir-edward-elgar-1857-1934.html, details @ https://archive.org/details/pcast294-Playlist (ITYWLTMT Montage #294 - 30 oct 2018) [Quarterly Tuesday Podcast]